Scientists have warned that massive space storms could be on the way as the Sun wakes from a ‘deep slumber’.
The Sun follows an 11-year cycle of high and low periods of solar activity. It is now leaving a notably quiet phase and scientists expect to see a sharp increase in the number of solar flares as well as unprecedented levels of magnetic energy.
This could have catastrophic consequences for Earth.
The rings of fire, which have the power of 100 hydrogen bombs, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.
Experts met in Washington DC last week to discuss how to protect Earth from the ferocious flares, which are expected sometime around 2013.
The 'space conference' was attended by scientists, government policy-makers and researchers.
Richard Fisher, head of Nasa's Heliophysics Division, explained: 'The Sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and i
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